Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Cheddar and Bacon

This Broccoli Cauliflower Salad combines the crunch of fresh vegetables with the rich flavors of cheddar cheese and bacon, dressed in a sweet and tangy sauce. Perfect for gatherings, potlucks, or as a flavorful side dish, this salad is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.


For the Salad:

  • 3 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ⅔ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup finely cubed cheddar cheese
  • 10 slices bacon, crispy cooked and coarsely chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  1. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • Wash the broccoli and cauliflower florets thoroughly. Ensure they are cut into small, bite-sized pieces for easier eating and better dressing coverage.
  2. Cook and Prepare the Bacon:
    • Cook the bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 15-20 minutes. Once cooked, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess grease, then chop coarsely.
  3. Mix the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk together until smooth and well-blended. Taste and adjust the sweetness or tanginess according to your preference.
  4. Combine the Salad Ingredients:
    • In a large salad bowl, add the broccoli and cauliflower florets, sliced almonds, chopped red onion, and cubed cheddar cheese. Toss gently to mix.
  5. Dress the Salad:
    • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the bowl. Use a large spoon or salad tongs to toss the salad, ensuring all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Add Bacon and Serve:
    • Add the chopped bacon to the salad and give it a final toss to distribute the bacon pieces throughout the salad.
    • This salad can be served immediately or refrigerated for an hour to allow the flavors to meld together more deeply.


The Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Cheddar and Bacon is a hearty, delicious dish that combines savory, crunchy, and tangy elements in one. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a robust salad that’s both satisfying and flavorful. This salad makes a wonderful addition to any meal, especially during outdoor events where a refreshing yet substantial side dish is appreciated. Enjoy the delightful combination of textures and flavors in this easy-to-make salad!